Smith Harry Clapham Lieutenant 262412
Name Smith Harry Clapham
Army number 262412
Decorations None known beyond Service Awards.
Date of birth Birth registered April 1919, Newport, Monmouthshire. Mother's maiden surname Clapham.
Age 26 at the time of his death.
Unit Service in the ranks not yet traced. Commissioned in the Royal Artillery as a Second Lieutenant - 30/1/1943. Posted to the 1st Mountain Regiment. Served in North West Europe. Died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. Official records show 10th April 1945 as the date of death.
Company/Battery 452 Battery.
Platoon or other sub-unit Not yet known.
Task or role Not yet known - possibly a Troop Commander.
Joined Brigade Not yet known.
Promotions War Substantive Lieutenant.
Wounded Not so far as is known, but see note below.
Prisoner of War Not so far as is known.
Died/Killed in action Died 10/4/1945 aged 26. Initially interred in Hannover (Limmer) British Cemetery - Grave 3, Row B - Map GSGs Sheet N3 1/100,000 Reference 805338. Re-buried 25/6/1947 in Grave 15. H. 6. of Hanover War Cemetery. Headstone inscription reads "THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD".
Home address Lived in Monmouthshire and worked as a School Teacher. Son of William Henry and Elsie Winifred Mary Smith (nee Clapham) of Risca, Monmouthshire.
It is possible, but not yet confirmed, that Lt Smith was injured on 9/4/1945 and died of his injuries on 10/4/1945. The date of the 9th comes from the Regimental History while CWGC holds 10th in its commemorative record.